Oregon

Sat on the Pacific coast, Oregon is a diverse state with forests, mountains, museums, parks and beaches aplenty. The biggest Oregon city, Portland, is famed for its quirky culture, charming coffee shops, cafés and gorgeous outdoor spaces. One of the city’s finest attraction is the huge Washington Park where you’ll find the Oregon Zoo, playgrounds, an arboretum and amphitheatre, and two of the top attractions, the International Rose Test Garden and Japanese gardens, where you can spend hours strolling through gorgeous plant life. There’s also the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland’s Chinatown district if that’s not enough outdoor activities for you! Next is the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry which has everything from submarines to dinosaurs.

But one of our favourite Portland highlights is a ride on the city’s light rail system, the Metropolitan Area Express (MAX), where you can see the entire city from hundreds of feet up – so don’t forget your camera! If you’re up for an outdoor adventure, head to Crater Lake National Park which surrounds the now dormant volcano, Mount Mazama, and offers scenic roads, hiking trails and boat trips out onto the lake. If that’s not enough, there’s the city of Bend, where you can go hiking, caving and even white water rafting. Oregon isn’t short on beaches and one of the most popular is the aptly named Seaside, where you can stroll along the promenade of one of Oregon’s first beach resorts, and enjoy rides and arcades as well as charming seaside shops and cafés.

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Another fantastic seaside spot is the natural beauty of Ecola State Park. Here you’ll find the famous Haystack Rock as well as several gorgeous sandy beaches like Crescent Beach and Cannon Beach where you can set down a towel for an afternoon of relaxation, or take to the waters for water sports or even whale watching. If you’re after some great food, head to Newport, where you can dine on delicious fresh seafood and even take to the seas to try and catch some of your own! There’s also the

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Oregon Coast Aquarium here if you want to continue with the aquatic theme!At the other end of the scale you’ve got the magnitude of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area where you can hike through the forest past incredible waterfalls including the famous Multnomah Falls. Whether you’re after an adventure in the great outdoors, an educational experience or a relaxing getaway to the beach, Oregon has it all and more.

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10 facts about Oregon

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With more than 5,000 square acres of trees, plants and wildlife, Forest Park is America’s biggest city wilderness park.

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Powell's City of Books in Portland is the world’s biggest independent bookstore and has over 1.6 acres of bookshelves.

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The Columbia River gorge is said to be one of the best place in the world for windsurfing.

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Willamette Valley boasts more than 500 wineries and is often nicknamed the Burgundy of America for its similarities to the French vineyards.

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The Heceta Head Lighthouse in Lane County is America’s most photographed lighthouse due to its picturesque setting.

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Portland has been called the world’s best city for street food thanks to its 700 food carts selling all kinds of cuisines.

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The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area covers a huge 292,500 acres from the Sandy River to the Deschutes River.

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Oregon's official state nut is the hazelnut, except in Oregon they call it a ‘filbert’.

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Crater Lake National Park was once the site of a volcano and the lake is 1,949 feet deep, making it the deepest in the United States.

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At a huge 8,000-feet-deep, Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in all of North America – it’s a pretty impressive sight!

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